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Gainesville woman arrested in church burglary case
Amy Thornton
Amy Caroline Thornton

A Gainesville woman has been arrested in the Corinth Baptist Church burglary in August, when more than $3,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment were taken.

Amy Caroline Thornton, 50, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree burglary in the case, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The items were taken between Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 from the church on Thompson Bridge Road in North Hall County.

“As a result of surveillance video at the church, investigators were able to identify Thornton,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a news release.

She has been booked in to the Hall County Jail, where she is being held on a $5,700 bond.

Ware said the items had not been recovered as of Wednesday night.

The Rev. Chris Swan previously told The Times the woman was captured on surveillance video wearing a dress and cross necklace.

The senior pastor said at the time of the incident that he was unsure of how the woman entered the church, adding that he did not believe she was a member of the congregation.

The absence of the electronic musical items was discovered at a sound check before the following Sunday service.

Swan did not return a call from The Times on Wednesday seeking comment.

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